Tuesday, 6 November 2018

More preview reviews of Battle Ravens

Thanks to Nic and Dom for these two new Battle Ravens reviews based on the preview copies they received:


I much prefer it when other people tell you about my games, rather than you having to listen to me bang on about what I've been working on. Thanks chaps!

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Gonzo History's preview of Battle Ravens

Ahead of the Battle Ravens Kickstarter later this month, preview copies of the game have been sent out to various reviewers. The first I've seen online is on the Gonzo History blog - you can check it out HERE.

I'll look forward to his follow-up posts about combining Dark Ages gaming and history - something I'm very interested in myself.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Battle Ravens Anglo-Saxon and Norse Armies

Here's a little scoop for followers of my blog...

Freshly punched out from a pre-production copy of the game, here are a couple of photos of the Anglo-Saxon and Norse armies included in the Battle Ravens game box. The card art is by Peter Dennis and I love it.


At the beginning of the game, each of your shieldwall areas look like this – 3 Hirdmen and 3 Bondi are present. You won't have so many left by the end of a game!
The Anglo-Saxon Warriors.




















The Norse Warriors.




















And here's a photo of the Anglo-Saxon and Norse Thralls, who sneak around behind your shieldwall up to no good!

The Kickstarter will launch in around a month's time.

Thralls.

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Empires Rampant


Completely by chance I stumbled across this article on the Wargames Illustrated website: Empires Rampant.

It turns out that Wayne at WI has devised a set of Dragon Rampant campaign rules and ran them at his club. As I'm not really into campaigns, it's great to see someone taking on the challenge. Nice work Wayne!

One line from the article made me chuckle (almost as though Wayne knows that I'm partial to the occasional kebab...):

I like running campaigns or taking part in them. I much prefer the ‘fine meal’ of a linked series of games to the ‘fast food’ of one-off encounters.

Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Rebels and Patriots' final cover

Here is the cover art for Rebels and Patriots (OWG 23) - the next set of rules Michael Leck and I are working on for the Osprey Wargames Series. The art is by Mark Stacey, and the hard work of adapting the Rampant rules was really the result of Michael's graft! I just flounced about making suggestions.

Rebels and Patriots will publish on 24 January 2019.


Friday, 28 September 2018

Battle Ravens: Blast from the past (Games Expo 2016)

Back in 2016 I posted this little write up about Battle Ravens' public debut.

Plenty has changed in the game's components, as there is now some lovely Peter Dennis artwork on show, but it still plays pretty much as it did then.

So if you have a good memory and tried it out in June 2016, you know what to expect when the Kickstarter launches in a month or so!!

More info about the upcoming publication of Battle Ravens will be published soon on Boardgamegeek.

You can view the Boardgamegeek Battle Ravens entry HERE.

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Battle Ravens!


War rages in Viking Age Britain (the ninth to eleventh centuries AD).  Two opposing armies – Anglo-Saxon and Norse shieldwalls – are about to come into contact. 

Arrows will fly overhead; spears will jab out from behind shields; swords and knives will hack at the legs and fleetingly-glimpsed faces of the enemy; and both sides will attempt to shove one another back. 

When a gap opens – a warrior has recoiled from a heavy blow or has fallen wounded – your warriors will surge through, breaking their enemy’s tightly – formed line of shields, and cutting and stabbing their way to victory. Above the chaos and fear swoop ravens, waiting impatiently to feast on the war carrion.

Battle Ravens is a game of Viking Age shieldwall warfare: a brutal clash of strength, cunning and luck, where subtlety and nuance are neither welcome nor commonplace.

As the shieldwalls clash, ravens fly overhead and lurk where the gory carnage is at its greatest. Command your Warriors, place your Ravens to create their carrion, dice for the luck of the Gods, and break your opponent’s shieldwall before your own army loses heart and flees. You need to out-think and out-fight your opponent to win the battle. You do so by choosing whether to command your battle line to attack, defend or redeploy Warriors to another part of your shieldwall.

Victory shall belong to the most cunning warlord, whose name shall be written into the Sagas.

Battle Ravens will be coming soon as a Kickstarter campaign by PSC Games.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Battle Ravens: Coming soon(er than expected)


Battle Ravens: featuring artwork by Peter Dennis!
Of my three games in the pipeline with PSC Games, I'd been expecting Arrowstorm (HYW battles) to be the first published, followed by Armoured Storm (tank battles in WW2). However, meeting with Will (who owns PSC), there's been a change of plan.

Instead, first up will be Battle Ravens. Expect it to hit Kickstarter a little later this year. Arrowstorm and Armoured Storm will follow on behind it, I am told!

What is Battle Ravens? Well, I’m pleased you asked…

Battle Ravens is a semi-abstract game of Viking Age shieldwall warfare: a brutal clash of strength, cunning and luck, where subtlety and nuance are neither welcome nor commonplace. You need to out-think and out-batter your opponent to break his or her shieldwall and thus his or her army. You do so by choosing whether to command your battle line to attack, defend, or redeploy strength to another part of your shieldwall.

As the shieldwalls clash, ravens fly overhead and lurk where the gory carnage is at its greatest. Command your Warriors, place your Ravens to create their carrion, dice for the luck of the Gods, and break your opponent’s shieldwall before your own army loses heart and flees. Victory shall belong to the most cunning warlord, whose name shall be written into the Sagas.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

'Arthurian' Warband in Wargames Illustrated 369

The July 2018 issue of Wargames Illustrated carries the third of my trilogy of mythical British Dragon Rampant warbands.

This time, it's my old chum King Arthur getting the Dragon Rampant treatment.

Actually, more correctly, it's the warband of Vortigern, Ambrosius, Uther, or Arthur. A kind of catch-all rogue's gallery as envisaged by Geoffrey of Monmouth, entitled 'The Host of Logres'.

If you're interested, the magazine should be on sale now!

Thursday, 28 June 2018

+Strongsword+ Dark Ages ... latest test

Just a few photos from last night's game - it was a great excuse to get my latest painted figures onto the tabletop (everything in the photos is painted by the ever-reliable Glenbrook Games).

There's nothing official to report yet on the rules - I wrote Strongsword for Westfalia Miniatures, so once I've decided whether there's enough scope and enough of a different game here, I'll then need to discuss it with them.

For now… some photos! (And the Norse-Gaels won - me!!)






Berserker? He's furious!

Cowards!

Heroes!